Posted Saturday, September 3, 2011
As he coasts to his eighth Saratoga training title, Todd Pletcher defers credit to the people who work for him and the elite group of horses he is hired to handle. But the way he’s dominated at Saratoga this summer is remarkable. The trainer’s title was decided by the second week of this 40-day meet, and it’s not the first time he won by a huge margin. He started Saturday with 37 victories in 36 days, 16 more than Chad Brown, who in turn began Saturday seven winners ahead of Steve Asmussen in third. Pletcher has two more wins that Brown and Asmussen combined
Posted Monday, August 29, 2011
Whether it was arrogance, ignorance or pathetic prioritizing doesn’t really matter. The New York Racing Association’s handling of its announcement that Sunday’s racing card at Saratoga would be cancelled due to onrushing hurricane Irene marked the lowest point in NYRA’s stewardship of racing in New York since 1955. And that’s saying a lot for a non-profit association that went bankrupt and has endured one scandal after another in the past decade and a half. Ten minutes before 6 p.m., NYRA President Charlie Hayward was interviewed on NBC, which had just televised Stay Thirsty’s victory in the $1 million Travers Stakes. Hayward disclosed that NYRA was happy with the crowd of more than 43,000, even though he said it was down six or seven percent. Hayward disclosed that NBC’s Saratoga meet coverage would be back in 2012.
Posted Friday, August 26, 2011
It's finally time for award winning author, Bill Heller, to reveal his favorite Travers out of all the many that he has seen over the years...
Posted Thursday, August 25, 2011
Bill Heller's weeklong odyssey through his five favorite Travers runnings continues today with 1997...
Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Award winning author Bill Heller turns up the heat as he reaches #3 on his countdown of his favorite editions of the Midsummer Derby...
Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Bill Heller continues the countdown of his five favorite Travers with the battle between Holy Bull and Concern...
Posted Monday, August 22, 2011
To celebrate the upcoming $1 million Travers Stakes Saturday, Bill Heller offers his five favorite Travers daily, from No. 5 up to No. 1
Posted Friday, August 19, 2011
Inglorious looks to complete a most rare double of the Queen's Plate and Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama Stakes...
Posted Monday, August 15, 2011
In the middle of August, industry leaders from around the globe journey to Saratoga Springs, New York, to attend the annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference. Usually, the conference consists of presentations regarding complex issues confronting racing. The 59th annual Jockey Club Round Table Sunday morning was markedly different. This year, The Jockey Club is taking action, and, in doing so, Sunday’s Round Table may have marked a watershed in Thoroughbred racing.
Posted Friday, August 12, 2011
The New York Racing Association is going to honor my late friend Steve Schwartz with a race named in his honor at Saratoga Race Course tomorrow. His family will gather with friends to salute Steve, who passed away last November at the age of 64. Saturday evening, the party moves to Lillian’s, a popular restaurant in Saratoga Springs.
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Meet Bill Heller
Multiple national award-winner Bill Heller, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicators Corner, has written 23 books including the biographies of Hall of Fame jockeys Ronnie Turcotte, Randy Romero, Jose Santos; Harness Hall of Fame legend Billy Haughton and NBA Coach Bill Musselman. His other books include “A Good Day Has No Rain,” documenting the radioactive fallout in the Capital District of New York State from an atom bomb test; “After the Finish Line; The Race to End Horse Slaughter in America,” and “Playing Tall, the Ten Shortest Players in NBA History.” Bill was presented the 1997 Eclipse Award for magazine writing about Thoroughbred racing; the William Leggett Breeders’ Cup Writing Award and three John Hervey Awards for magazine writing about harness racing.  

Bill is a regular contributor to Trainer Magazine and Canadian Sportswriter, while also serving as the Thoroughbred handicapper for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, New York.

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